Answer to Question #8785 Submitted to "Ask the Experts"

Category: Medical and Dental Equipment/Shielding — Shielding

The following question was answered by an expert in the appropriate field:

Q
How important is it to protect/shield the "floor" of the x-ray room in a hospital, especially if the x-ray facility in the premises is situated directly above the doctor consultation chamber?

A
All barriers must be evaluated for shielding when designing a diagnostic x-ray room. This includes all walls (including the wall to the control area), the ceiling, and the floor. It is not uncommon to not have to add additional shielding to the floor or ceiling if the floor is constructed of either concrete or concrete on a metal pan base. In any case, this should be evaluated by your medical physicist during the shielding design phase.

Kennith "Duke" Lovins, CHP
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